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Alto Huayabamba Conservation

Protecting two globally recognised ecosystems of exceptional biodiversity

Republik Peru

The project is part of The Jaguar Connection Program for forest conservation, protection and monitoring of the jaguar. It lies within a corridor of two ecoregions of significant global importance: the tropical Andes on the eastern foothills and the Great Wild Area of the Amazon in the lowland areas of the Amazonian Andes. The main drivers of deforestation in this area include clearing forested land for pasture, industrial crops, illicit coca plantations and mining. These have been prevalent due to the lack of alternative economic opportunities in the region.

Republik Peru
Avoided deforestation

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty

New income streams

for families with precarious livelihoods, such as through quinoa and honey production

Zero Hunger

Sustainable agricultural practices

increase productivity and reduce food costs for local families

Decent work and economic growth

8 job opportunities

including 5 full-time positions*

Climate Action

52,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average per year

Life on land

53,410 hectares

protected from deforestation, including parts of the Peruvian Yungas and habitat of over 200 species

The Solution

Located in the department of San Martín, in Mariscal Cáceres Province, in central-north Peru, the project spans 53,000 ha. The protected area forms part of a vast wildlife corridor, the Abiseo- Cóndor-Kutukú Corridor, that extends from Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul National Park in Perú. The project aims to reduce emissions associated with deforestation and land degradation by implementing sustainable productive activities, effective land management, environmental education and strengthening governance. The project works closely with local communities to develop and implement these joint environmental initiatives. Another main aim of the project is to maintain the water balance of the upper basin of the Huayabamba River, which supplies water for many people located further downriver.


"By encouraging local families to grow quinoa, an ancient and highly nutritious Andean grain, we aim to provide an alternative to cattle ranching, which is degrading the ecosystems of the High Andes."

Carlos Correa, Quinoa producer and technician at the Alto Huayabamba project


The Impact

The project reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by preventing deforestation and protecting the natural ecosystem to increase carbon sequestration. By protecting the Alto Huayabamba area, the project not only protects endemic and threatened species but also the services that strong and healthy ecosystems provide, in this case, filtering fresh water from the Huayabamba River. The project works on a number of social and economic initiatives to benefit families living in the project area. So far 24 families have had their kitchens improved, access to state environmental education has increased and the project has offered a number of job opportunities.


"We are alleviating pressure on the habitat of endemic, threatened wildlife like the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. We also prevent people from burning the high mountain grasslands or hunting of species such as deer and spectacled bears."

Marco Gutierrez, Head of the Concesión para Conservación Alto Huayabamba (CCAH)

Project Progress


Project Progress

The activities project starts

Beginning of activities to reduce GHG emissions with the sign of the agreement to finance the project for the sustainable production of honey in the yungas of the CCAH.


Project Progress


As part of the ISA Fund's Connexion Jaguar programme, South Pole worked with experts in the field, Panthera, ATTA to develop this ecosystem protection project under the VCS and CCBS standards. The project creates a huge wildlife corridor from the Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul NationalPark in Perú!


Project Progress

Spectacled Bear spotted

The spectacled bear, South America's only bear species, is heavily threatened mainly due to habitat loss. So, we are delighted the camera traps have managed to snap this elusive bear eating his favourite plant – tasty achupalla– which grows where a road used to be, making it the perfect place to spot a hungry bear.


Project Progress

New kitchens for 45 local families

Materials and building support have been provided to 45 families living in the concession to upgrade their kitchens.

With these new efficient cooking stoves, families limit their exposure to dangerous smoke which creates respiratory and eye problems and need to use less wood. Good for health and the forest!

Project Partners

We work with the following partners on this project:

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